The G F Forsey fund

G F Forsey, the University’s first Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1952, made a bequest to Southampton to enhance the social and cultural life of the members of the University.

The funds resulting from this generous endowed donation are now awarded in the form of grants for the provision of cultural and social activities which are not possible to fund from general University income or other sources.


Grants are available to any student currently registered at the University. A grant cannot be used to support projects which are related to the academic or research activities of applicants. A limited amount of money is available each year and individual awards can be up to £1,000. Applications that ‘touch’ a number of lives across the university community are especially welcome.

Recent grants have supported a diverse range of projects including the ‘Strictly Southampton’ Ballroom and Latin dance competition, the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day cultural event, and a volunteer Games Maker participating in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Applying for a grant

Students should, in the first instance, check if their application is likely to be eligible for funding with Katharina Brandt in the University's finance department ( or 02380 599168).
Quarterly meetings are held to review applications and allocate grants. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next available meeting.

Applicants or groups of applicants are asked to submit requests including the following information:

1. Organising group/Society name, student name(s), student numbers, postal/e-mail addresses of applicant(s);
2. Department/course/year of study (where applicable) of each applicant;
3. Purpose of application;
4. Breakdown of costs;
4. Other funding sought (if applicable)
5. Confirmation that medical and travel insurance will be taken out if applicable.

Applications and supporting documentation should be sent to:
Mr Kevin Jones
Head of Professional Services Finance - Registrar
Finance Department
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Telephone: 023 8059 3461
Fax: 023 8059 2195

Related pages:

University history, Legacy giving,

Key facts